Quick heads-up: CBS’ 60 MINUTES had a great story yesterday, titled The Alzheimer’s Laboratory, focused on a very unique research study based on a very unique Colombian family:
Antioquia is home to the largest concentration in the world of people who carry a rare genetic mutation that makes them 100 percent certain to develop Alzheimer’s disease. And as devastating as Alzheimer’s is anywhere, this is a particularly cruel version — it strikes when people are in their mid-40s and leads to death about a decade later. It is a tragic situation, but a perfect scientific laboratory. And it’s now the center of a multimillion dollar, NIH-backed study trying to find out for the first time whether Alzheimer’s disease may be preventable.
To learn more:
- Watch the 60 MINUTES video (26 minutes)
- Discuss the findings and implications with Dr. Ken Kosik, one of the study’s lead researchers, at the upcoming 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6–8th)